Kayhan Space

Role: Astrodynamics Software Engineer

Kayhan Pathfinder is a cloud-based platform that provides critical spaceflight safety services to satellite operators. Kayhan is seeking a Software Engineer to develop, improve, and maintain internal tools to help our engineers maximize productivity.

About Kayhan Space

Kayhan Space is a mission-driven, venture-backed startup, building autonomous solutions for the space industry. Our Colorado-based company is committed to building an environment where innovation is rewarded, diversity is magnified, and ambition is not throttled.

At Kayhan, we have the goal of leaving a great legacy behind. Whatever you do, big or small, we want you to own it. Because that’s the legacy you’ll leave for others.

‍We are skiers, parents, musicians, campers, geeks, scientists, and pet lovers. While we may come from different backgrounds and have different opinions and interests, we are united around a common set of core values. Our mission drives everything we do!

We’re looking for ambitious team members who share our values and are ready to think bigger.

Our Core Values

Integrity: Integrity is paramount to our success as a company. Telling the truth and providing accurate data is crucial for space operations — otherwise, it can cost lives. Maintaining a high level of transparency allows the Kayhan team to provide an open workplace culture that supports professional growth and development across the organization.

Hard Work: We value hustlers who hold themselves accountable and who are able to think on their feet. Kayhan employees seek to establish and surpass goals that will allow us to reach new heights.

Diversity: At Kayhan Space, we want our employees to be empowered to shoot for the moon! Our company is committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable team where members experience a sense of belonging. We believe these non-negotiables enhance the quality of our relationships with clients, partners, and vendors of all identities and backgrounds to make us a better, more effective organization.

Role Responsibilities

  • Work with domain experts to design and implement complex algorithms in software libraries to be used in both internal tools and production systems
  • Develop, improve, and maintain internal software libraries and application software repositories
  • Research innovative solutions for complex technical challenges in spaceflight safety
  • Create tools and processes to continually validate algorithms and their performance
  • Contribute to test pipelines by developing robust test harnesses and improving test performance
  • Create and maintain clear and concise documentation for algorithms and software components.

About You

You are a self-driven experienced developer with a strong passion for scientific computing and empirical research. You thrive at physics-based domain modeling and characterization, including statistical analyses. You might have a budding interest or even experience in astrodynamics, but most importantly, you are excited to delve deep into a complex technical domain and leverage the expertise of your colleagues to develop excellent, reliable algorithms and tools. You have a strong drive to get things done the right way, but you understand how to balance and prioritize a list of high-priority tasks to maximize your daily impact on the team. You are a team player, and you make the most impact by identifying and resolving pain points from your colleagues.


  • Master’s degree in aerospace engineering, physics, and mathematics. 2 years of experience in relevant fields plus a Bachelor’s degree in engineering may be substituted for a Master’s degree.
  • Understanding of orbital mechanics and astrodynamics concepts is a must.
  • Familiarity with satellite operations is desired.
  • 2+ years of experience with agile software development. Relevant experience includes
    • Linux/Unix Operating Systems
    • Python
      • Common scientific computing libraries (NumPy, SciPy, etc)
    • System-level software development (C, C++, Rust, etc)
  • Familiarity with numerical analysis, especially but not limited to
    • Linear algebra
    • Physics-based modeling
    • Numerical Optimization
    • Estimation theory
    • Statistical analysis
    • Probability theory
    • Modeling and simulation

Job Location

  • Denver, CO
  • Remote


  • Total compensation for this role is base salary + company equity
  • Colorado base salary range: $90k - $120k

Kayhan Space Benefits and Perks

  • Competitive salary
  • Company Equity
  • Great health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401k
  • Lunch catered weekly for the Colorado office
  • Opportunity to have an impact on a global scale for space sustainability

Kayhan Space is an equal opportunity employer. At Kayhan, we make all employment decisions, which include hiring, promoting, transferring, demoting, evaluating, compensating and separating, without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, religion, age, national origin, pregnancy, disability, service in the uniform services, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law.